Wikipedia defines “cruising” as “walking or driving about a locality in search of a sex partner, usually of the anonymous, casual, one-time variety.” This is a fair definition, but some guys would define cruising more loosely: a basic sex hunt, not something you specifically set out to do but rather something you are always doing.We do it on the subway and in the office and anywhere a handsome gentleman might lift his shirt to wipe sweat off his forehead.In most cases it means anal or oral sex — flashing your junk in areas that are not clothing-optional is called “indecent exposure.” A cursory history of gay New York must include the West Side piers — a gay landmark that, for many gay men in the '70s, was the epicenter of the art and sex movement that happened between Stonewall and the onset of the AIDS epidemic.The piers weren’t much to look at — a series of decaying wood and steel structures jutting into the Hudson River from Christopher Street up to Chelsea — but their location as well as their storied nightly sex spots solidified their place as the most famous gay cruising site in the United States.
Above image: Shelley Seccombe, "Sunbathing on the Edge, Pier 52" (1977), contemporary archival digital print, source: Leslie Like all other parts of gay culture, gay bars have changed.
In New York in the 1970s, public parks where places where you could not only find a hot guy but bang him in the bushes too. Police patrolling has amped up, and there are obvious safety risks to cruising parks at night. The Portuguese director makes short films that blur the lines between documentary and pornography, art and voyeurism — which means his films are great.
His 13-minute explicit film peeks in on the activities at a popular gay beach in Portugal.
While a trip to Portugal or Limanakia Beach in Greece (another famous gay beach) sounds awesome, outdoor cruising and nature sex can be found in the United States too.
Baker Beach in San Francisco, Black’s Beach in San Diego, Maui's Little Beach, and of course Fire Island Pines, a historic gay dreamland, are still fun places to visit.
If you are a kink pig looking for slings over saunas, find your nearest Slammer.